The biodiversity challenge in Europe

Yesterday evening I attended the 43rd Annual Bristol University Alumni Convocation Lecture. The subject chosen was something of great interest to me personally, ‘Biodiversity in Europe’, delivered by Dr Hans Friedrich, who only recently left his post as the European Regional Director of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Dr Friedrich, a Dutch geographerContinue reading “The biodiversity challenge in Europe”

The Future of Wheat

It is estimated that in the next 50 years we will have to produce more wheat than we have over the past 10,000 years. Innovation is apparent in the agricultural sector. From engineering to plant science, specialists have been steadily moving forward. But are we moving forward quickly enough to sustain a rapidly growing worldContinue reading “The Future of Wheat”

Bees , Pesticides and Politicians

A week ago, all eyes in the European arable industry were on the European Commission as they decided whether or not to place a ban on neonicotinoids, the pesticide family thought to be influencing the decline in bee populations. In fact, in the end, only 15 member states voted for the ban on clothianidin, imidacloprid andContinue reading “Bees , Pesticides and Politicians”

Bristol University Conservation Group wins Award

This post is unashamedly personal for which I would normally apologise. However, I think that this group deserves every bit of publicity it can get, so even a post on a very minor blog with a dedicated but small blogging community such as this is worth writing. Last night I was invited to attend theContinue reading “Bristol University Conservation Group wins Award”